A new exploit in Grand Theft Auto Online’s PC version is causing players to lose game progress and in-game currency, with some accounts corrupted or banned.
The exploit, known as a “remote code execution,” was distributed by the creator of the North Online GTA cheat mod.
According to BleepingComputer, the exploit can affect anyone, not just players in the same multiplayer lobby as the attacker.
This means that anyone who is currently online and playing the game on a PC is at least theoretically vulnerable to an attack. (Players on consoles are unaffected.)
On Monday, the company acknowledged the blunder via Twitter.
We are aware of potential new exploits in GTA Online for PC, which we aim to resolve in an upcoming planned security-related Title Update.
If you think you might have experienced any related issues, please reach out to Rockstar Support: https://t.co/Yqqj0SEDwa
— Rockstar Support (@RockstarSupport) January 23, 2023
On January 21st, North’s developer removed the abusive elements and apologized (their changelog read “bad judgement on my part for adding this public.”)
Although GTA Online does not prohibit harmless community-created mods, those who distribute cheats or other hacks that alter the competitive balance of the game may face real-world consequences.
Rockstar and its parent company, Take-Two Interactive, have previously sued cheaters, including the creator of an infinite-money hack, who was ordered to pay $150,000 plus attorney fees in 2019.
Some players claim that deleting the “Rockstar Games” folder from the Windows Documents folder before reloading the game works as a workaround for corrupted accounts.
We recommend, however, avoiding the PC version until Rockstar cleans things up for everyone.
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